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A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Aug. 4, in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: Leonardo Montecillo/Agencia Press South/Getty Images

The United States will send 8.5 million more doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Mexico as the country experiences a third wave of infections, AP reports.

Why it matters: The announcement by Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard comes as the Delta variant drives up the number of infections in the country.

  • Mexico has seen more than 244,000 test-confirmed deaths, per AP. However, low testing rates and poor record-keeping likely indicate a higher death toll.

The big picture: Mexico has received 91.2 million doses of five different COVID vaccines, per AP.

  • About 51 million people in Mexico have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 27 million have been fully vaccinated, according to AP.
  • The U.S. sent the country roughly 1.3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following Vice President Kamala Harris' visit in June.

What they're saying: “The appearance of new cases is much greater than what we saw in the first and second waves,” Miguel Betancourt, a public health specialist, said per AP.

  • “With this velocity that we are seeing, the risk of saturation of the hospitals is very high," he added.
  • “I hope I’m wrong, but I believe now that we’re seeing in some places where the hospital saturation is around 70%, we could start to see an increase in deaths because they won’t have the capacity to quickly attend to the people who become serious and require attention."

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  1. Vaccines: CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot — FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-11 year olds — Moderna says vaccine shows strong immune response in kids
  2. Health: 96% of Tyson Foods employees vaccinated ahead of mandate deadline — U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers — Those who miss work without pay due to COVID also had food insecurity
  3. Politics: Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate — Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles — New York City police union files lawsuit against vaccine mandate.
  4. Education: Benefits of vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Biden aims to soften Trump policy

U.S. asylum-seekers wait for donated food in Mexico. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Biden administration will restart President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" program in mid-November — but this time, it's considering offering vaccines to asylum-seekers waiting for a chance to immigrate, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: One of President Biden's big campaign promises was to end the program. He did — temporarily. Now, under court order, it's resuming, so the administration is working to make it more humane, and mollify activists who complain he's not trying hard enough to end it.

Oct 25, 2021 - Health

Moderna says COVID vaccine shows strong immune response in kids

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Moderna on Monday released trial results for its coronavirus vaccine for children aged 6 to 11, saying it provides a "robust" immune response after two doses.

Why it matters: Moderna said it will officially submit the results to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization in "the near term," meaning we could soon see two coronavirus vaccines available to protect approximately 28 million more kids in the U.S.